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Youthful Mitchelton-SCOTT squad ready to tackle the Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli

Thu 3 Oct 2019

A youthful Mitchelton-SCOTT squad will line-up for another Italian one-day classic on Sunday as they look to get stuck in at the Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli.

Australian Jack Haig and Ethiopian Tsgabu Grmay will add valuable experience to a team that boasts three riders under 24-year-old, with new 2020 signing Kaden Groves lining up once more.

Mitchelton-SCOTT Team:
Edoardo Affini (ITA, 23)
Kaden Groves (AUS, 20)
Jack Haig (AUS, 26)
Tsgaby Gramy (ETH, 28)
Dion Smith (NZL, 26)
Nick Schultz (AUS, 25)
Rob Stannard (AUS, 21)

The Course

The course is defined by 10 laps of a circuit around Monteveglio that features the Zappolino climb on each lap. The ramp is only short but presents numerous opportunities for attacks before the finish line as riders look to prevent the day ending in a bunch sprint.

History

Italian Matteo Trentin sprinted to fifth place last season, one place behind the fourth-place finish for Michael Albasini in 2017. Former rider Jens Keukeleire’s third place in 2016 remains the team’s best finish in the three editions they have taken part in.

Edoardo Affini:
“We worked well towards the end of the season with the goal of performing well especially at the worlds...it didn’t work out exactly as we planned there, but yes the form is still fine and I’m looking forward to the last races of the season.”

“Racing in Italy doesn’t really give me more motivation, but it’s always nice to race in my home country, especially on Sunday as it will be close to my home so all my family can come to watch me and that's nice for sure.”

“I know the course a bit because there is also an U23 race that I have done around that area, I think it will be nervous and hectic with ten laps of the small circuit, it can be a reduced bunch sprint but also good for some really late attacks.”

Kaden Groves:
“I’m really keen to race with the team again in Italy this weekend. I think it will be a really hard race, I have looked at the parcours and can see the race has a short climb in the circuit which will make it solid.”

“I’m unsure how I will go coming off the World Championships so I’m mainly looking forward to working well with the team and gaining more experience. Having seen the past winners and podiums it seems to be a stacked field each year so it would be nice to help the team achieve the best possible result.”

Dave McPartland (Sports Director):
“It will be more of an opportunistic day for us and a chance to give some of our younger guys an opportunity.”

“The race usually comes down to a 40-60 rider bunch sprint, but there are some dangerous moves that do go away and quite often you see a little group that jumps off the front in the last couple of laps. But we have options for both, we’ve got both situations covered.”

“There’s a climb on the final circuit but it’s only short. Generally, it’s more of a sprinter’s race but you also have to be in good condition to get around there, it’s not an easy circuit.”

Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli 2019 Race Details:
Sunday, 7 October: Monteveglio - Monteveglio, 199.3km

Photos courtesy of Getty Images.

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